Prof David Colquhoun


Personal Profile

Name: David Colquhoun Email:
Title: Prof Tel: 020 7679 3765
Department: Div of Biosciences Fax: 020 7679 7298
Position: Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology Address: Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, Medical Sciences Building, UCL, London, WC1E 6BT
Research Domain: Basic Life Sciences, Neuroscience Web Page: Personal Web Page


Research Description

Transmission of an impulse from one nerve cell to another, or to a muscle cell, occurs by the release of a chemical substance, such as acetylcholine or glutamate, which combines with specific protein molecules- receptors- in the membrane of the downstream cell.

These receptors form molecular pores which span the cell membrane, and the combination of the transmitter with them causes the pore to open, which allows the passage of sodium and other ions. The current caused by movement of these ions across the membrane then initiates an electrical impulse.

We are studying the receptors for glutamate, acetylcholine and glycine by a combination of biophysical and molecular biological approaches. We record the currents through individual receptor-channels which are in their natural environment, the membranes of nerve cells from the brain or ganglia. We also record from channels that have been made from cloned DNA and artificially inserted into a convenient cell membrane. The latter method has the advantage that (with luck) you know which molecule you are dealing with, and also that altered receptors can be made by mutating the amino acid sequence of the receptor proteins. These methods allow us to address a variety of questions.

A major question that concerns us is the exact molecular nature of the receptors that occur in living cells in various parts of the nervous system. At a more basic level we are interested in the nature of the molecular interactions that cause the channels to open and shut, and what it is that controls the speed of synaptic events. Once one knows the rates of individual steps in the ion channel reaction mechanism, the binding-gating problem is solved, the way is cleared for rational interpretation of the effects of mutations in the receptor protein, and the response to any arbitrary time course of synaptic concentration of transmitter can be calculated. We have taken this approach to analysis of natural disease-causing mutations in human muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, and in human glycine receptors (the latter being in collaboration with Sivilotti's lab).

We have also been closely involved in developing new methods for the analysis of single channel recordings which, because they originate from single molecules, are random in nature. And, in collaboration with Professor A.G. Hawkes (who does all the difficult stuff), we have developed much of the underlying stochastic theory which is necessary for the interpretation of these recordings. This theory allows us to interpret single channel recordings in which short events are undetected, and most recently has been extended to deal with non-stationary channels, such as those observed after a brief pulse of agonist is applied. This theory has proved essential for the interpretation of our experimental observations. For example, we have been interested in questions such as 'what does an individual activation of an ion channel look like, and how is it related to synaptic currents?', 'how can we understand the effect of mutating an amino acid in the receptor?', and 'how can we tell whether a particular amino acid forms part of the binding site?'. One outcome of the theory has been the development of an optimum method (the HJCFIT program) for estimation of rate constants in a mechanism, with exact correction for missed events).

Research Activities

Biophysics of ion channels

Mathematical biology

Education Description

My blog is at

It is devoted to improving the understanding of science and education policy, not only by the general public but also and by university administrators from vice-chancellors downwards.  It has had over 3.3 million hits. it was Blog of the Week in the New Statesman, and got joint first prize in the Good Thinking science blog awards. 

UCL Collaborators

External Collaborators



    • Bewley S, Rose L, Gøtzsche P, Blennerhassett M, Colquhoun D, Pryke M, Tindall G, Braillon A, Richmond C, Illman J, May J (2014). Time to halt an out of control trial with ineffective oversight.. BMJ, 349, g5601 - .



    • Colquhoun D (2012). Response to whitehead.. BMJ, 345, e7088 - .
    • Colquhoun D (2012). Scarcely credible treatments do not merit university attention. BMJ (Online), 344(7847), - . doi:10.1136/bmj.e1628
    • Colquhoun D, Lape R (2012). Allosteric coupling in ligand-gated ion channels. Journal of General Physiology, 140(6), 599 - 612. doi:10.1085/jgp.201210844
    • Colquhoun D (2012). In praise of randomisation. The importance of causality in medicine and its subversion by philosphers of science. In Twining W, Dawid P, Vasilaki D (Ed.), Evidence, Inference and Enquiry (pp. 323 - 343). : Oxford University Press, USA.
    • Colquhoun D, Lape R (2012). Perspectives on: conformational coupling in ion channels: allosteric coupling in ligand-gated ion channels.. J Gen Physiol, 140(6), 599 - 612. doi:10.1085/jgp.201210844
    • Lape R, Plested AJ, Moroni M, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2012). The α1K276E startle disease mutation reveals multiple intermediate states in the gating of glycine receptors.. J Neurosci, 32(4), 1336 - 1352. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4346-11.2012
    • Colquhoun D (2012). OVERTREATMENT Response to Whitehead. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 345, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.e7088


    • Holt S, Gilbey A, Colquhoun D, Baum M, Ernst E (2011). Call for doctors not to practice homeopathy or refer to homeopaths. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1332), 87 - 88.
    • Colquhoun D (2011). The A to Z of the wellbeing industry: from Angelic Reiki to patient centred care. Wellbeing is big business, but how much of it works?. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 342, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.d2711
    • Krashia P, Lape R, Lodesani F, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2011). The long activations of α2 glycine channels can be described by a mechanism with reaction intermediates ("flip").. J Gen Physiol, 137(2), 197 - 216. doi:10.1085/jgp.201010521
    • Colquhoun D (2011). COLLEGE OF MEDICINE College of Medicine is Prince's Foundation reincarnated. BRIT MED J, 343, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.d4368
    • Colquhoun D (2011). WELLBEING The A to Z of the wellbeing industry: from angelic reiki to patient centred care. BRIT MED J, 342, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.d2711
    • Colquhoun D (2011). Acupuncture for 'frequent attenders' with medically unexplained symptoms. BRIT J GEN PRACT, 61(589), 491 - 491. doi:10.3399/bjgp11X588268


    • Colquhoun D (2010). Homoeopathy debate: Author's reply to the minister. BMJ (Online), 340(7741), 279 - 279. doi:10.1136/bmj.c640
    • Colquhoun D (2010). Homoeopathy debate reply. BRIT MED J, 340, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.c640


    • Colquhoun D, Lape R, Sivilotti L (2009). Single ion channels. In Knight A (Ed.), Single Molecule Biology (pp. 223 - 251). : Academic Press.
    • Colquhoun D (2009). Christmas 2009: Years Like This Secret remedies: 100 years on. BRIT MED J, 339, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.b5432
    • Colquhoun D (2009). Personal View The highs and lows of policy based evidence. BRIT MED J, 339, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.b4564
    • Colquhoun D (2009). Secret remedies: 100 Years on. BMJ (Online), 339(7735), 1386 - 1386. doi:10.1136/bmj.b5432
    • Colquhoun D (2009). The arrogance of trying to sum up abilities in a number. NATURE, 458(7235), 145 - 145. doi:10.1038/458145c
    • Lape R, Krashia P, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2009). Agonist and blocking actions of choline and tetramethylammonium on human muscle acetylcholine receptors. The Journal of Physiology, 587, 5045 - 5072. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2009.176305
    • Colquhoun D (2009). Homoeopathic product licence MHRA label seems to be illegal. BRIT MED J, 338, - . doi:10.1136/bmj.b2333


    • Colquhoun D (2008). How to get good science.. Physiology News, 69, 12 - 14.
    • Colquhoun D (2008). Classical Perspective. What have we learned from single ion channels?. The Journal of Physiology, 581, 435 - 427.
    • Lape R, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2008). On the nature of partial agonism in the nicotinic superfamily. Nature, 454(7205), 722 - 727. doi:10.1038/nature07139
    • Colquhoun D (2008). Colquhoun reply to chiropractic-defending letters from Kelly, Bale, and Roughan. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1281), 98 - 99.
    • Colquhoun D (2008). A very bad report on regulating complementary medicine. BMJ, 337(7660), 7 - 7.
    • Shelley C, Colquhoun D (2008). A human congenital myasthenia-causing-mutation (epsilon L78P) of the muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptor with unusual single channel properties (vol 564, pg 377, 2005). J PHYSIOL-LONDON, 586(21), 5277 - 5277. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2008.162628
    • Colquhoun D (2008). Complementary medicine - A very bad report on regulating complementary medicine. BRIT MED J, 337(7660), - .
    • Colquhoun D (2008). Doctor who? Inappropriate use of titles by some alternative "medicine" practitioners. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1278), 6 - 10.
    • Colquhoun D (2008). Response from David Colquhoun. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1279), 115 - 116.


    • Colquhoun D (2007). Science degrees without the science.. Nature, 446(7134), 373 - 374. doi:10.1038/446373a
    • Colquhoun D (2007). Should NICE evaluate complementary and alternative medicines?. BMJ, 334(7592), 507 - . doi:10.1136/bmj.39122.551250.BE
    • Franck L, Colquhoun D (2007). Demand for complementary and alternative medicine is high despite limited evidence.. BRIT MED J, 334(7592), 507 - 507.
    • Colquhoun D (2007). Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors - From molecular biology to cognition. SCIENCE, 315(5815), 1079 - 1079. doi:10.1126/science.1132059
    • Colquhoun D (2007). CAM - What to do about CAM?. BRIT MED J, 335(7623), 736 - 736.
    • Colquhoun D (2007). What have we learned from single ion channels?. J Physiol, 581(Pt 2), 425 - 427. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2007.131656
    • Franck L, Chantler C, Dixon M, Colquhoun D (2007). Should NICE evaluate complementary and alternative medicine?. British Medical Journal, 334(7592), 506 - 507.
    • Colquhoun D (2007). Treating critically ill patients with sugar pills. CHEST, 131(2), 635 - 636. doi:10.1378/chest.06-2402
    • Colquhoun D (2007). Why the Schild method is better than Schild realised. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 28, 608 - 614.
    • Colquhoun D (2007). The Age of Endarkenment. Guardian, , - .
    • Colquhoun D (2007). London News BBC1 TV, with Riz Lateef.
    • Colquhoun D (2007). What to do about CAM? [5]. British Medical Journal, 335(7623), 736 - 736.
    • Sivilotti L, Colquhoun D, Beato M (2007). Single channel properties of glycine receptors from rat spinal motoneurones.
    • Plested AJR, Groot-Kormelink PJ, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2007). Single channel study of the spasmodic mutation α1A52S in recombinant rat glycine receptors. The Journal of Physiology, 581(1), 51 - 73. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2006.126920


    • Colquhoun D (2006). Agonist-activated ion channels.. Br J Pharmacol, 147 Suppl 1, S17 - S26. doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0706502
    • Colquhoun D (2006). The quantitative analysis of drug-receptor interactions: a short history.. Trends Pharmacol Sci, 27(3), 149 - 157. doi:10.1016/


    • Schorge S, Elenes S, Colquhoun D (2005). Maximum likelihood fitting of single channel NMDA activity with a mechanism composed of independent dimers of subunits. The Journal of Physiology, 569(2), 395 - 418. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2005.095349
    • Colquhoun D (2005). From shut to open: What can we learn from linear free energy relationships?. BIOPHYS J, 89(6), 3673 - 3675. doi:10.1529/biophysj.105.072563
    • Shelley C, Colquhoun D (2005). A human congenital myasthenia-causing mutation (epsilon l78P) of the muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptor with unusual single channel properties. The Journal of Physiology, 564(pt 2), 377 - 396.
    • Plested AJR, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2005). Single channel study of the spasmodic mutation (A52S) in the glycine receptor.
    • Lape R, Colquhoun D (2005). Effect of slow channel congenital myasthenic syndrome mutation delta S268F on human acetylcholine receptor function.
    • Colquhoun D (2005). Too many 'omics [4]. Scientist, 19(3), 8 - 8.
    • Colquhoun D, Vais I (2005). Suite of programs for analysis and interpretation of single ion channel measurements. In particular, SCAN, EKDIST and HJCFIT..
    • Colquhoun D (2005). From shut to open: what can we learn from linear free energy relationships?. Biophysical Journal, 89, 3673 - 3675.
    • Colquhoun D (2005). Abuse of Prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Science, 307(1873), - .
    • Colquhoun D (2005). Homoepathy: a relict ot the past.. Focus an Alternative and Complementary Medicine (FACT), 10, 278 - 280.
    • Colquhoun D, Persaud R, Konečni VJ, Musch DC, Fiske ST, Harris LT, Cuddy AJC (2005). Abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib (multiple letters) [1]. Science, 307(5717), 1873 - 1875.
    • Colquhoun D (2005). Too many 'omics. SCIENTIST, 19(3), 8 - 8.


    • Colquhoun D, Dowsland KA, Beato M, Plested AJ (2004). How to impose microscopic reversibility in complex reaction mechanisms. Biophysical Journal, 86, 3510 - 3518. doi:10.1529/biophysj.103.038679
    • Colquhoun D (2004). Professor Sir Bernard Katz. Biophysicist who arrived in England with £4 and went on to win a Nobel Prize (Obituary). Independent, , - .
    • Burzomato V, Beato M, Groot-Kormelink PJ, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2004). Single-channel behavior of heteromeric α1β glycine receptors: an attempt to detect a conformational change before the channel opens. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 10924 - 10940.
    • Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2004). Function and structure in glycine receptors and some of their relatives. Trends in Neurosciences, 27, 337 - 344.
    • Burzomato V, Groot-Kormelink P, Colquhoun D, Beato M, Sivilotti L (2004). Activation of heteromeric alpha 1/beta rat glycine receptors.
    • Beato M, Groot-Kormelink PJ, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2004). The activation mechanism of α1 homomeric glycine receptors. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 895 - 906. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4420-03.2004


    • Colquhoun D (2003). Challenging the tyranny of impact factors. NATURE, 423(6939), 479 - 479. doi:10.1038/423479a
    • Schorge S, Colquhoun D (2003). Studies of NMDA receptor function and stoichiometry with truncated and tandem subunits. Journal of Neuroscience, 23(4), 1151 - 1158.
    • Hatton CJ, Shelley C, Brydson M, Beeson D, Colquhoun D (2003). Properties of the human muscle nicotinic receptor, and of the slow-channel myasthenic syndrome mutant epsilonL221F, inferred from maximum likelihood fits. The Journal of Physiology, 547(3), 729 - 760.
    • Colquhoun D (2003). Challenging the tyranny of impact factors, Nature Vol. 234.
    • Colquhoun D (2003). Debate: UK government funds CAM research in Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT), 8, 400 - 401.
    • Colquhoun D (2003). Professor Sir Bernard Katz: A longer account of his life in Physiology News Autumn 2003 no 52 pp 34-38.
    • Colquhoun D, Hatton CJ, Hawkes AG (2003). The quality of maximum likelihood estimates of ion channel rate constants.. J Physiol, 547(Pt 3), 699 - 728. doi:10.1113/jphysiol.2002.034165
    • Colquhoun D, Hatton CJ, Hawkes AG (2003). The quality of maximum likelihood estimates of ion channel rate constants. The Journal of Physiology, 547, 699 - 728. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7793.2003.00699.x
    • Shelley C, Brydson M, Beeson D, Colquhoun D (2003). Effects of epsilon L78P, an acetylcholine receptor mutation that causes slow channel congenital myasthenic syndrome..
    • Colquhoun D, Unwin N, Shelley C, Hatton CJ, Sivilotti L (2003). Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. In Abraham D (Ed.), Burger's Medicinal Chemistry (pp. 357 - 405). : J. Wiley.
    • Beeson D, Webster R, Ealing J, Croxen R, Brownlow S, Brydson M, Newsom-Davis J, Slater C, Hatton C, Shelley C, Colquhoun D, Vincent A (2003). Structural abnormalities of the AChR caused by mutations underlying congenital myasthenic syndromes. doi:10.1196/annals.1254.013


    • Beato M, Groot-Kormelink P, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2002). Openings of the recombinant rat α1 homomeric glycine receptor as a function of the number of agonist molecules bound. Journal of General Physiology, 119, 443 - 466. doi:10.1085/jgp.20028530
    • Colquhoun D, Sivilotti L (2002). Acetylcholine receptor-nicotinic. In Creighton TE (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Molecular Medicine (pp. 9 - 14). : John Wiley & Sons Inc..
    • Besson D, Croxen R, Hatton C, Shelley C, Colquhoun D, Chauplannaz G, Oosterhuis H, Newsom-Davis J, Vincent A (2002). Recessive inheritance and variable pentrance of slow channel myasthenic syndromes. J NEUROL NEUROSUR PS, 73(2), 229 - 229.
    • Croxen R, Hatton CJ, Shelley C, Brydson M, Chauplannaz G, Oosterhuis H, Vincent A, Newsom-Davis A, Colquhoun D, Beeson D (2002). Recessive inheritance and variable penetrance of slow channel congenital myasthenic syndromes. Neurology, 59, 162 - 168.


    • Colquhoun D, Hawkes AG (2001). Analysis of human muscle nicotinic receptor function by a direct maximum likelihood method (HJCFIT). BIOPHYS J, 80(1), 103A - 103A.
    • Colquhoun D (2001). The lady tasting tea: How statistics revolutionized science in the twentieth century. NATURE, 411(6837), 524 - 525.
    • Beato M, Groot-Kormelink PJ, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (2001). Concentration dependence of single channel currents through rat recombinant alpha 1 glycine receptors.


    • Cheffings CM, Colquhoun D (2000). Single channel analysis of a novel NMDA channel from Xenopus oocytes expressing recombinant NR1A, NR2A and NR2D subunits. The Journal of Physiology, 526, 481 - 491.
    • Colquhoun D, Senn S (2000). Letter to the Editor (and response from Prof. Bellanti). Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 84, 639640 - .
    • Colquhoun DS (2000). Letter to the Editor. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 84, 639 - 640.
    • Hatton C, Chen J, Shelley C, Croxen R, Beeson D, Colquhoun D (2000). The defect in a slow channel myasthenic syndrome mutant, epsilon L221F. J PHYSIOL-LONDON, 527, 110P - 111P.
    • Hatton C, Chen J, Shelley C, Croxen R, Beeson DMW, Colquhoun D (2000). The defect in a slow channel myasthenic syndrome mutant, ?L221F.
    • Anson L, Schoepfer R, Colquhoun D, Wyllie DJA (2000). Single-channel analysis of a NMDA receptor possessing a mutation in the region of the glutamate binding site. The Journal of Physiology, 527, 225 - 237.
    • Beeson DMW, Croxen R, Newland C, Chen J, Colquhoun D (2000). Congenital myasthenic syndromes due to mutations in the AChR î subunit.
    • Colquhoun D, Senn S (2000). Untitled. ANN ALLERG ASTHMA IM, 84(6), 639 - 639.
    • Sivilotti LG, Colquhoun D, Millar N (2000). Comparison of native and recombinant neuronal nicotinic receptors: Problems of measurement and expression. In Clementi F, Fornasari D, Gotti C (Ed.), Neuronal Nicotinic Receptors, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology (pp. 379 - 416). : Springer Verlag.
    • Colquhoun D, Senn SJ (2000). Letter to the Editor. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 84, 636 - 640.


    • Béhé P, Colquhoun D, Wyllie DJA (1999). Activation of AMPA-and NMDA-type glutamate receptor channels. In Jonas P, Monyer H (Ed.), Ionotropic glutamate receptors in the CNS (pp. 175 - 218). : Springer Verlag.
    • Cheffings CM, Colquhoun D (1999). A novel NMDA channel type recorded from Xenopus oocytes expressing recombinant NR1a, NR2A and NR2D subunits.
    • Chen J, Beeson D, Newland C, Colquhoun D (1999). Human muscle nicotinic receptor mechanisms.
    • Colquhoun D (1999). GABA and the single oocyte: relating binding to gating. Nature Neuroscience, 2, 201 - 202.
    • Colquhoun D (1999). Unfair exchange. Nature, 402, 230 - 230.
    • Colquhoun D (1999). Unfair exchange [5]. Nature, 402(6759), 230 - 230.


    • Colquhoun D (1998). Binding, gating, affinity and efficacy. British Journal of Pharmacology, 125, 923 - 947.
    • Wyllie DJA, B h P, Colquhoun D (1998). Single-channel activations and concentration jumps: comparison of recombinant NR1a/NR2A and NR1a/NR2D NMDA receptors. The Journal of Physiology, 510, 1 - 18.
    • Colquhoun D (1998). Binding, gating, affinity and efficacy: The interpretation of structure-activity relationships for agonists acid of the effects of mutating receptors. British Journal of Pharmacology, 125(5), 923 - 947. doi:10.1038/sj.bjp.0702164
    • Colquhoun D (1998). Binding, gating, affinity and efficacy: the interpretation of structure-activity relationships for agonists and of the effects of mutating receptors.. Br J Pharmacol, 125(5), 924 - 947.
    • Groot-Kormelink PJ, Luyten WHML, Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG (1998). A receptor mutation approach shows incorporation of the "orphan" subunit β3 into a functional nicotinic receptor. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 273, 15317 - 15320.
    • Anson LC, Chen PE, Wyllie DJA, Colquhoun D, Schoepfer R (1998). Identification of amino acid residues of the NR2A subunit which control glutamate potency in recombinant NR1/NR2A NMDA receptors. Journal of Neuroscience, 18, 581 - 589.
    • Colquhoun D, Sakmann B (1998). From muscle endplate to brain synapses: A short history of synapses and agonist-activated ion channels. Neuron, 20, 381 - 387.
    • Lewis TM, Sivilotti LG, Colquhoun D, Gardiner RM, Schoepfer R, Rees M (1998). Properties of human glycine receptors containing the hyperekplexia mutation α1 (K276E) expressed in Xenopus oocytes. The Journal of Physiology, 507, 25 - 40.


    • Colquhoun D, Hawkes AG, Merlushkin A, Edmonds B (1997). Properties of single ion channel currents elicited by a pulse of agonist concentration or voltage. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 355, 1743 - 1786.
    • Colquhoun D, Foreman J (1997). Complementary medicine in the medical curriculum.
    • Wyllie DJA, Edmonds B, Colquhoun D (1997). Single activations of recombinant NMDA NR1A/NR2A receptors recorded in one-channel patches.
    • Sivilotti LG, McNeil DK, Lewis TM, Nassar MA, Schoepfer R, Colquhoun D (1997). Recombinant nicotinic receptors, expressed in Xenopus oocyte, do not resemble rat sympathetic ganglion receptors in single channel behaviour. The Journal of Physiology, 500, 123 - 138.
    • Colquhoun D, Sivilotti LG, McNeil DK, Lewis TM (1997). Functional aspects of nicotinic receptors: native and recombinant.
    • Lewis TM, Harkness PC, Sivilotti LG, Colquhoun D, Millar NS (1997). The ion channel properties of a rat recombinant neuronal nicotinic receptor are dependent on the host cell type. The Journal of Physiology, 505, 299 - 306.
    • Wyllie DJA, Behe P, Edmonds B, Colquhoun D (1997). Fast concentration jumps on recombinant NMDA NR1A/NR2A and NR1A/NR2D channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes.


    • Colquhoun D, Hawkes AG, Srodzinski K (1996). Joint distributions of apparent open and shut times of single-ion channels and maximum likelihood fitting of mechanisms. PHILOS T R SOC A, 354(1718), 2555 - 2590.
    • Wyllie D, Behe P, Edmonds B, Nassar M, Schoepfer R, Colquhoun D (1996). Whole-cell and single-channel currents from recombinant NMDA NR1/2D receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes. J PHYSIOL-LONDON, 491P, P135 - P136.
    • Silver RA, Colquhoun D, Cull-Candy SG, Edmonds B (1996). Deactivation and desensitization of non-NMDA receptors in patches and the time course of EPSCs in rat cerebellar granule cells.. The Journal of Physiology, 493(1), 167 - 173.
    • Wyllie DJ, Béhé P, Nassar M, Schoepfer R, Colquhoun D (1996). Single-channel currents from recombinant NMDA NR1a/NR2D receptors expressed in Xenopus oocytes.. Proc Biol Sci, 263(1373), 1079 - 1086. doi:10.1098/rspb.1996.0159


    • Edmonds B, Gibb AJ, Colquhoun D (1995). Mechanisms of activation of glutamate receptors and the time course of excitatory synaptic currents.. Annu Rev Physiol, 57, 495 - 519. doi:10.1146/
    • Sivilotti L, Colquhoun D (1995). Acetylcholine receptors: too many channels, too few functions. Science, 269, 1681 - 1682. doi:10.1126/science.7569892
    • Béhé P, Stern P, Wyllie DJ, Nassar M, Schoepfer R, Colquhoun D (1995). Determination of NMDA NR1 subunit copy number in recombinant NMDA receptors.. Proc Biol Sci, 262(1364), 205 - 213. doi:10.1098/rspb.1995.0197
    • Edmonds B, Gibb AJ, Colquhoun D (1995). Mechanisms of activation of muscle nicotinic acetylcholine receptors and the time course of endplate currents.. Annu Rev Physiol, 57, 469 - 493. doi:10.1146/
    • Fredkin DR, Rice JA, Colquhoun D, Gibb AJ (1995). Persistence: A new statistic for characterizing ion-channel activity. PHILOS T R SOC B, 350(1334), 353 - 367.
    • Colquhoun D, Hawkes AG (1995). Desensitization of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors: a problem of interpretation.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 92(22), 10327 - 10329.
    • Connolly JG, Gibb AJ, Colquhoun D (1995). Heterogeneity of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in thin slices of rat medial habenula.. J Physiol, 484 ( Pt 1), 87 - 105.
    • Chen CC, Akopian AN, Sivilotti LG, Colquhoun D, Burnstock G, Wood JN (1995). A P2X purinoceptor expressed by a subset of sensory neurons. Nature, 377, 428 - 428. doi:10.1038/377428a0


    • Covernton PJO, Kojima H, Sivilotti LG, Gibb AJ, Colquhoun D (1994). Comparison of neuronal nicotinic receptors in rat sympathetic neurones with subunit pairs expressed in Xenopus oocytes. The Journal of Physiology, 481, 27 - 34.
    • Stern P, Cik M, Colquhoun D, Stephenson FA (1994). Single channel properties of cloned NMDA receptors in a human cell line: comparison with results from Xenopus oocytes.. J Physiol, 476(3), 391 - 397.


    • Colquhoun D, Farrant M (1993). News & Views. Molecular Pharmacology: The binding issue.. Nature, 366, 510 - 511. doi:10.1038/366510b0
    • Stern P, Behe P, Schoepfer R, Colquhoun D (1993). Single channel kinetics of recombinant NMDA receptors. Journal of Physiology, 473, - .
    • Colquhoun D (1993). Nonselective cation channels. Pharmacology, physiology and biophysics.. EXS, 66, ix - x.


    • Edmonds B, Colquhoun D (1992). Rapid decay of averaged single-channel NMDA receptor activations recorded at low agonist concentration.. Proc Biol Sci, 250(1329), 279 - 286. doi:10.1098/rspb.1992.0160
    • Colquhoun D, Jonas P, Sakmann B (1992). Action of brief pulses of glutamate on AMPA/kainate receptors in patches from different neurones of rat hippocampal slices. Journal of Physiology, 458, 261 - 287.
    • Stern P, Behe P, Schoepfer R, Colquhoun D (1992). Single-channel conductances of NMDA receptors expressed from cloned cDNAs: Comparison with native receptors. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 250(1329), 271 - 277. doi:10.1098/rspb.1992.0159
    • Gibb AJ, Colquhoun D (1992). Activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors by L-glutamate in cells dissociated from adult rat hippocampus.. J Physiol, 456, 143 - 179.
    • Edwards FA, Gibb AJ, Colquhoun D (1992). ATP receptor-mediated synaptic currents in the central nervous system.. Nature, 359(6391), 144 - 147. doi:10.1038/359144a0
    • Colquhoun D (1992). Unravelling the paradox. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 13(C), 429 - 430. doi:10.1016/0165-6147(92)90137-U


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